Packing Lunch

Just Joyce
By Just Joyce Latest Reply 2015-02-25 03:38:54 -0600
Started 2015-02-19 12:04:38 -0600

Last Thursday I had to attend an all day training at the Police Academy. I was up early enough to eat a sandwich an grab a cup of coffee so I would be ready when the officer came to pick me up at 8 am. I was fine until about 10 am when I felt myself getting low. During the break I got my kit and went in the ladies room and tested. When I returned I was digging in my purse looking for my candy when I realized it was on the table at home. I dug in another section of my purse and found my sisters M&M's. (her hands were full when we got out of the car the night before so I dropped them in my purse). I pulled them out and was eating them. My Major asked if I was okay. I told him my blood sugar was getting low but the candy would help.

By lunch i was ready for my baked chicken breast and pickled beets I packed for lunch. I also packed a small cup of pineapple chunks. I at the pineapple then remembered I ate the candy. I thought my blood sugar would get high because of that but it didn't. I made it through the training with no other problems and called my sister and told her to get herself some M&Ms.

Now I have a sign on the inside of my front door that says do you have candy or Levelife? I put a pack of Levelife in the pocket of my lunch container and I added some mints with sugar.

One of the Operations Commanders stayed in the room with those of us who didn't want to go out to lunch. We asked if he was going to eat. He said he woke up and his blood sugar was at 206. At the break it was down to 188. He is newly diagnosed and was terrified to eat. The diabetics in the room told him to eat something anyway. He didn't know he could eat if he was high. One of the other people gave him two of his chicken wings. I told him to remove the skin and eat it. He went and got water. All of the diabetics in the room gave him tips.

I got his email address and sent him some of the titles of the books I read. I get an email back from him this morning and he is reading and learning. He found out his mother in law has been T2 for years and he said she has been a great help and he appreciated all of the advice he got from us.

This is why you should never be ashamed to let anyone know you are diabetic. You never know when you will need help or who will be able to help you.

20 replies

Fefe12 2015-02-21 14:08:26 -0600 Report

I've never found the need to hide. It never accured to me. It's not something I ever heard of until I started this site. You never know who you can help when you keep secrets. Joyce, you are blessed to be open to helping others. If nothing else this site should show us we really shouldn't be alone. We all help each other. Isn't that the point?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-02-22 12:55:33 -0600 Report

Fefe when you keep secrets and hide things, they come out when you least expect it. The secret keeper ends up being humiliated and embarrassed. They also find out no one really cared about what they were hiding.

Fefe12 2015-02-23 13:46:12 -0600 Report

I'm so sorry, I tried to cancel all the extra postings but they just came back. Big opps!

Fefe12 2015-02-23 13:38:32 -0600 Report

I agree, the cost it too high. I've never thought of myself as bad, or dirty, or diesesed for that matter. If anyone ever said anything negative to me about my health, are they really worth my time and effort to be upset? I have too many ppl who love me and more folks to meet. Those ppl are not worth my time.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-02-24 09:49:07 -0600 Report

Fefe remember the old blues song with the lyrics "it takes six months to mind your own business and six months to leave mine alone"? Well if people spent time minding their own business, there would be no hurt feelings.

I will ask point blank, what business is it of yours. They get the message. It is my health and I am going to do what is best for me. Like you, I have too many people who love me an more people to meet. It is like fishing. I keep the big ones and throw the little ones back.

Fefe12 2015-02-25 03:38:54 -0600 Report

If I say I remember will I be giving away my age? Lol, yes I totally agree. Life is too short

Fefe12 2015-02-23 13:37:53 -0600 Report

I agree, the cost it too high. I've never thought of myself as bad, or dirty, or diesesed for that matter. If anyone ever said anything negative to me about my health, are they really worth my time and effort to be upset? I have too many ppl who love me and more folks to meet. Those ppl are not worth my time.

RebDee 2015-02-20 05:34:52 -0600 Report

Many times my packing lunch consists of leftovers from the day before when I went to a restaurant, ate half the meal and took home the other half for a different meal. Sometimes packing lunch is difficult when I don't have leftovers, as I don't eat sandwiches (bread is off my list of foods), no deli meats.
So I try to take closed containers such as yogurt, cheese, a fruit. I always carry glucose tablets in case of low BS because if I were carrying candy, I would eat it whether or not it was for a specific purpose (low BS). No will power so I stay away.
I also keep a baggy of cashew nuts in my car, just in case. I know that 17 nuts is a portion and at least I stick to that when needed.
So, really, I try to "know thyself." - know what I can and can't do, know what I personally will or won't do. Know what my BS is from meal to meal.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-02-20 10:15:19 -0600 Report

I just got off the phone with a friend who ate half her meal at a restaurant (a chain) on Tuesday evening and ate the rest Wednesday evening. She was at Patient First for food poisoning. She said she learned her lesson and will never bring home food from a restaurant again for the rest of her life. I do not eat at chain restaurants nor do I bring food home that I don't eat.

It all goes back to choices. I cook at home nearly everyday because I prefer to control what is in my food. If I know I am going to have to pack a lunch I make extra. If you don't have left overs it is because you choose not to make enough for lunch.

I don't consider Yogurt, Cheese and Nuts a meal. They are snacks. I also do not buy Glucose tablets. I have to eat too many to get my blood sugar up when a mini candy bar will work just as well for me. If you don't have will power it is because you choose not to have it. Just because you have candy does not mean you have to eat every piece.

I didn't eat bread at all for well over a year until I found out it wasn't going to kill me any more than a slice of lunch meat will now and then. I keep it in individually wrapped slices in the freezer in case I want a quick sandwich. Life is short and I am not going to deny myself anything. I don't make diabetes harder than it has to be. I know what I can and cannot eat and what it will do to my blood sugar. If I want a spoonful of potato salad I will have it as my carb for that meal. If I get up on a Saturday morning and know that I am going somewhere where I am going to be doing a lot of walking I stop and get my extra large coffee and a cinnamon roll for breakfast. I have not had a rise in blood sugar in doing this because I know I am going to be walking for the next two hours.

At the end of the day it still comes down to the choices we make. If you choose not to have left overs, not to eat certain foods or not to have will power, those are the choices you made for yourself. Me I live life to the fullest and I eat what I want to eat when I want it based on my blood sugar. My doctor and dietitian don't have a problem with it and my doctor is glad to see that I am not letting diabetes control what I do or what I eat because he knows I do it all in moderation.

lilleyheidi 2015-02-20 01:19:27 -0600 Report

I love how you keep helping people like that. At the least unexpected moments you have to be prepared to help someone. Thanks for sharing that.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-02-20 11:50:56 -0600 Report

Liley someone noticed that he wasn't eating and he said why. I don't think he was going to admit it at first. When he said it, he more or less blurted it out. Those of us who were in the the room just gave him the help he needed. I think he will do fine.

tabby9146 2015-02-19 14:24:04 -0600 Report

great story Joyce!! thanks for sharing. I used to be ashamed at first, but it only took me about a year or so, and I began sharing things on Facebook and in person with others who knew me. I found out, that some people had D., and I never knew it. Some of them kind of came out of the closet lol…so to speak. I am glad you had those M&Ms. gosh, those things are so good. It is hard for me anyway, to only eat a few of them. Now, I don't know why anyone would be embarrassed to tell others at all.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-02-19 14:42:41 -0600 Report

I also think people think they are the only person with it. People spend way to much time concerning themselves with what others will think of them. I always ask people, why do you care what people say?

The M&M's were great. Have not had any in over a year.

tabby9146 2015-02-19 14:25:40 -0600 Report

yes a lot of people don't want to hear the stupid things others who don't have it say, and the advice many will give. I can understand that for sure. I have had very little ignorant comments or anything, but when I have, I set them straight right away.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-02-19 14:43:40 -0600 Report

You only have to listen to what people say if you choose to listen. I choose not to listen. My first post on Facebook this year after Happy New Year was this is not my year for stupidity.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-19 13:57:01 -0600 Report

I wish I could triple like this one…I have never understood why anyone would be ashamed of their diabetes..I get the fear…I get the confusion..and the anger…I even get the denial…but I cant wrap my mind around the shame…from all comes good..never hide who you are!!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-02-19 14:06:12 -0600 Report

I agree, you have to be who you are. I don't care who knows I have diabetes. You can't hide from the truth because it will appear. yes confusion and anger can play a role. Denial is only going to delay taking care of the problem.

I never had time to be angry because I was too busy being in shock until that evening when a friend said to me "so you have diabetes, what are you going to do about it?" He told me he has been diabetic for 10 years. I was at a community event and was going to go home. I didn't feel like being around people. He got me something to eat and our Neighborhood Community Police Sgt. told me I was going to hang out with him. I ended up having some fun. The next morning I faced the facts, started educating myself. The advantage i have is that my good friend and neighbor is a registered dietitian who really helped me the most with meal planning.

I think people are afraid of what friends and family are going to say when they find out. It is like when you did something as a kid and was shamed by your parents or friends after you did it. That can be devastating as a kid but it shouldn't be once you grow up. You have to be who you are for people to accept the real you.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-19 14:46:01 -0600 Report

yeah…I guess everyone is different in how they process and come to terms with things…some never even coming to terms at all…me I posted on FB as soon as I got home from being diagnosed…I did it in the form of a joke…said something like…I guess my pancreas has been paying attention to me not going mainstream all these years…it has decided to rebel… was just told I am diabetic…to me it was just natural to tell family and friends..